There is one interior design topic that gets me all fired up.  So… I want you to do a quick little experiment.

First, I’m taking the risk of sounding like a snob here. That couldn’t be farther from the truth, but I don’t want to bore you with the details about myself.Kristen2

Back to the study… take a drive through the not-so-nice part of town. Take note of the lighting gleaming through the family room window. Then, drive by the other side of town. Odds are the more expensive homes don’t use the overhead lights.

One of my top two favorite interior designers in the country told me lighting is a key many homeowners miss.

“One of my favorite things, that so many people don’t realize will make the biggest change in your house, is adding lighting.”

If you live in an older home, you may be forced to get creative. Brand new spec homes with the standard lights can actually create the biggest challenge.

Kristen3“Those are way too small-scale for the room.”

Here’s the good news… it’s an easy fix.

“Adding a table lamp or something like that. It creates such a beautiful ambiance and just makes you feel like you’re at home.”

Kristen’s designs show how to take it to the next level.

“With this room that I did with two chandeliers it was a very big room with lots of ceilings and it just looked so much more grand with two chandeliers.”

The one simple decorating move adds a lot and adds glamor to this room that Kristen designed.

“It looks a lot more high-end but it only cost $2,000.”

Chairs Added To Area Next To Beds... EasyAnother designer once told me a good rule of thumb is to update the lighting every seven years.

And don’t just think about the ceiling. There are many beautiful lamps on the market for floor lighting and wall sconces come in a wide variety.

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